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Internship = research for nuclear engineering grad school?

  1. Jul 27, 2009 #1
    Hello all, How does an internship compare to research experience for grad school?

    I ask this because I am trying to finalize my private loan plan. If I do an internship for next summer, I will probably end up having to figure in the summer's rent and utilities into my loan for the place I am at now, due to I wont probably be able to pay 2 rents at once. On the other hand, if I stay and work on research, I probably wont have to figure in that rent. I think it would be interesting to do an internship, however I'm not sure of what significance it plays in grad school admittance.

    Also slightly related question: How much do you guys usually spend a month of food and toiletries? I am trying to get a rough estimate of how much I will need to work over the school year to support myself. It looks like the majority of my summer earnings will be going into buying furniture for the new appartment.
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  3. Jul 28, 2009 #2
    More related to this part:
    Today I recieved a job offer for working tuesday and thursdays 12:30pm -9:00pm (8 hours in total, including the 1/2hr lunch). The only downside is on tuesdays and thursdays I am in class from 7:30am-12:18pm (with an hour brake mixed in there somewhere). This job pays very decent as well.

    Even with my high estimates, the 16 hours/week would be more than enough. I am a bit concerned though because a) I have never worked that many hours during the school year and b) because I am not too sure what to think about having a 7:30am-9:00pm day.

    On MWF I am out of classby 4:30 and I wouldn't be working weekends, so I *think* that should be enough study time. Perhaps having a test on Weds or Friday could get a bit sticky.

    Anyone have any thoughts/concerns/advise?
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